|Forum topic by Jackietreehorn||posted 09-30-2016 12:19 AM||423 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-30-2016 12:19 AM
So I’m looking into restoring my grandparents old radio. It’s pretty much shot and I’m thinking I’ll rebuild from scratch at this point.
First question is why would they veneer a solid wood top? Is it so they could use a lesser expensive wood and make it look fancier? Or was it to hide the fact it was several pieces glued together?
Since I’m rebuilding it pretty much from scratch, I was thinking I would use plywood for the top, and just edge band the ply with solid wood, then veneer over it and do the roundover etc. Is this a bad idea?
I try to learn/do something new on every project but I’m kind of stumped on best approach for the top.
Second question is what kind of wood veneer was typical in that day. From what I can gather, they put this together, slapped stain all over it and put a clear over it, yet they used two types of veneer on it. The base looks like poplar, and the speaker grill pieces I’d guess mahogany, but I’m not a wood identifier by any means. I was thinking of just doing walnut for the veneer on the rebuild, but now starting to wonder if I should be trying to do two different kinds of wood to bring out a contrast. Thoughts?
In my shop for the teardown, I’m still not sure how I’m going to rebuild that base trim…